Owning and/or managing the productivity side of a business can be tedious enough without having to deal with the pressures of making sure appropriate computer technology is in place to fit the needs of the business and in a secure way. Most business owners or managers would prefer to concentrate on aspects of the business that actually bring in profit as opposed to spending several hours and days attempting to research computer technology options required to attain those goals. On September 16, 2018, the internet giant Facebook discovered that a database of approximately fifty million users was compromised by computer hackers which divulged personally identifiable information. Think about it — if a team of software engineers who manage Facebook is susceptible to having their databases compromised, how much more likely is it to happen to a business owner, not as educated as software engineers, who attempts to manage the security of a business themselves?
The extent to which a company’s computer devices should be secured generally depends on the sensitivity of the data being stored therein and whether state/federal compliance regulations must be met. However, if the data being processed within any given business is generally sensitive, there are at least five reasons why a business owner or manager should not manage the computer security of a business.
1. Lack of Education
The ability to secure a computer or a network of computers within a business starts with at least a basic education of how computer hardware and operating systems work and available security software that can be installed on them — not just in any old way! If security software is installed on a computer, blindly so-to-speak, it could actually render a computer less usable and generally defeat the purpose of protecting the computer itself. Computers should be secured on a software front, but not so much that the computer hardware is overwhelmed to the point where it slows the computer and inhibits the productivity of the business. So-called “managed antivirus” solutions exist where a third party can manage security software on behalf of the business owner. Education should also be extended to the physical security of the computer equipment — protecting the equipment from vandalism or from outright being stolen.
2. Lack of Experience
Education is a great place to start the journey of implementing security for the computers residing in a business place. However, if one who is newly-educated attempts to implement newly obtained knowledge, there could be lots of trouble coming in that, typically, implementing any type of computer technology usually comes with caveats like “bugs” that must be troubleshot. For example, assuming that one even understands the basics of software security suites, getting them to run efficiently could be a painstaking task requiring hours of troubleshooting — experienced help taking over the situation would save many hours and unmeasurable amounts of stress.
3. Installation Burden
Assuming that one has obtained sufficient information even from experienced professionals to install any type of computer security mechanism, the job could potentially take a great deal of time, again, which most business owners and managers do not want to sacrifice. For most businesses, the old adage that “time is money” applies — any time that is spent on managing foundational necessities required to run a business is going to be time taken away from business productivity.
4. Inability to Manage Backup Solutions
Any serious business should have a system in place to quickly and efficiently restore computer data that has been destroyed in a security breach. It should be noted that computer security does not always imply that criminals are the primary danger for which computer security exists. Natural disasters and various other types of unintended human mistakes are notorious for destroying computers and the data residing in them. Ultimately, computers can be replaced, but the data and files residing in them cannot be replaced without a sound backup system in place for when and if the data is compromised.
5. Inability to Appropriately Plan
If one possessed the knowledge of most of the aforementioned computer security practices, even that sometimes is not enough. Planning for various trials and mishaps of computer technology is rightly a branch of IT security in and of itself. The points herein only scratch the surface of possibilities resulting in data loss. There are a plethora of possibilities that can lead to the deliberate or inadvertent loss of computer data — obtaining insurance to cover the costs of restoring lost/damaged computers, and data within can be a stressful task that professional IT consultants can advise on.
Managed IT service providers such as IT Networks Australia specializes in providing security on many different fronts for many different types of businesses. A managed IT service provider is recommended for handling the security needs of a business because the service provider can take a proactive approach and generally take the stress of it out the hands of the business manager.